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Cleaning the soot from inside my Megasteam

xyupi Member Posts: 1
Can I use my shop-vac with a hepa filter to clean to soot out of my Megasteam Boiler?


  • Steve Ebels_3
    Steve Ebels_3 Member Posts: 1,291
    Yes you can

    The question becomes, will the shopvac survive? I know the hepa filter won't. Make sure you use a bag plus the hepa in the shop vac and let us know what happens. Could be a non-event and it could be interesting. :)
  • Cosmo_3
    Cosmo_3 Member Posts: 845

    I bought a decent shop-vac from Graingers almost 10 years ago. I use a regular pleated filter, and either the soot-bags from RE Michels, or just regular shop-vac bags and I have had no problems whatsoever. Besides 9 out of 10 boilers I service really don't get much black soot except near the burner nozzle.

    I usually change the pleated filter when I forget to pull it before vacuuming water.....doh!! I have gone at least 2 yrs on the same pleated filter

    Make sure you have a good seal between the bag and the inlet tube and you will be fine

  • Steamhead (in transit)
    Steamhead (in transit) Member Posts: 6,688
    It's fair to ask

    why your MegaSteam is sooting up in the first place.

    A modern oil burner, properly selected, installed and tuned, should not make smoke or soot. Period.

    Since yours is, it's time to have a pro look at it. The cause might be faulty setup, bad nozzle, lack of combustion air or one of a bunch of other things.

    Try the Find a Professional page of this site, under Resources at the top of this page.

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